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Preview — Red Land, Black Land by Barbara Mertz
Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
A fascinating, erudite, and witty glimpse of the human side of ancient Egypt—this acclaimed classic work is now revised and updated for a new generation
Displaying the unparalleled descriptive power, unerring eye for fascinating detail, keen insight, and trenchant wit that have made the novels she writes (as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels) perennial New York Times...more
The major downside is her flippant, smug tone, especially around the issue of religion. She is the stereotypical high and mighty atheist (or so ...more
Organized from birth to death and afterlife, this is a very good primer on what life was like, how it was lived, and what the norms were likely to have been in ancient Egypt over the centuries.
I was surprised to find that the chapters describing the blend of magic, religion, science, and medicine were my favorite while those retelling the myths and the afterlife were a bit more of a slog for me. I think what struck me was how the ...more
What I love about this book is its excellent prose thanks to an experienced and talented fiction writer. The narrative is engaging and so unlike any other history book -- its not dry!!! While the author clearly presents her own point of view, this does not limit her presentation of the material, and she eloquently presents numerous schools of thought. She also includes fun side stories pertaining to Egypt's archeologic ...more
That said, Mertz has written an incredibly readable and incredibly *entertaining* overview of credible, informed opinions about ancient Egyptian history, mythology, and daily life. She's careful to ma ...more
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Mertz writes in a relaxed, conversational, often amusing way and she writes a popular history of Egyptian daily life. I think Mertz's two books are perfect to give an inexpert reader an overview of Egypt, and she provides a reading list for readers who want more. Personally, even if I didn't feel l ...more
How to be an ancient Egyptian: all you need to know about clothes, pyramids and papyrus.
What a refreshing voice on a dusty subject...
...Elizabeth Peters writing under her real name and profession as an Egyptologist but the wry voice is unmistakable.